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CIT to be Named for Alumnus Craig M. Goess

PCC Board of Trustees Approves Measure to Name Building Constructed in 2012

Craig M. Goess will soon have a building that bears his name on the Pitt Community College campus.WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a recommendation Tuesday to name the college’s Construction and Industrial Technology Building for local businessman and PCC alumnus Craig M. Goess.

According to Susan Nobles, PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the Goess Family has made a sizeable donation to the PCC Foundation in return for the opportunity to name the building in honor of Craig M. Goess, who is the son of Greenville Toyota owner Craig F. Goess. The contribution, Nobles said, continues the Goess Family’s long-term support for the college.

Nobles said that within the past decade, the Craig F. Goess Family has provided scholarships, sponsorships, equipment, and other major gifts to the PCC Foundation and the college. In 2008, PCC named its new student center in honor of Craig F. Goess.

A Greenville resident originally from Woodbury, N.J., the 34-year-old Craig M. Goess is the general manager at Greenville Toyota. He graduated from PCC in 2002 with an associate degree in Business Administration: Marketing and Retailing.

Goess, who served on the PCC Foundation Board for more than two years, is a former professional race car driver who competed in several racing series, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2010 and 2011.

The 57,796-square-foot building that will bear the name of Craig M. Goess opened to students in 2012 and is currently PCC’s largest. It is home to the college’s Automotive Systems Technology and Building Construction Technology programs and features a center hallway that stretches nearly a tenth of a mile, with offices and classrooms on one side and labs and work bays on the other.

Located on Warren Drive, on property the college purchased in 1992 for expansion purposes, the building was constructed with $8.5 million raised through a quarter-cent sales tax increase Pitt County voters approved in 2007.